Limpopo municipal manager's VBS case postponed

Limpopo municipality manager Tsakani Ngobeni's case has been postponed to July 29.
Limpopo municipality manager Tsakani Ngobeni's case has been postponed to July 29.
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The VBS Mutual Bank case involving a Collins Chabane municipal manager, Tsakani Ngobeni, has been postponed to July 29 for further investigations.

Ngobeni appeared briefly before the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday.

She was previously released on R50,000 bail after being charged with corruption and the contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA).

She is accused of having deposited R120m of the municipality's funds, in violation of the MFMA and the Collins Chabane municipal policy, which dictate that municipal deposits be restricted to banks that are registered in terms of the Banks Act, which VBS was not.

Fourteen accused collectively face 188 counts of racketeering, corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering in connection with the VBS corruption scandal.  

In October last year, one of the accused, former VBS Bank CFO Philip Truter, reached a plea and sentence agreement with the state which saw him sentenced to an effective seven-year jail term after pleading guilty to six counts, including corruption and fraud.

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